Nathan was in need of some professional headshots for work. The big decision is outside or inside? I have access to an indoor studio which works great for headshots on black, white, or other solid colors. The other option is outside where we almost roll the dice for great weather. However, as a professional, we make either location work great. We get more variety outside.
In Salt Lake City, we have Pierpont Avenue, which as so many various textures and backgrounds in a small area. We can get a lot of different looks. I like to shoot after work hours so we aren’t bothering people or in their way. Nathan also brought several outfits for changing up the look.
With the right combination of lighting, lens choice, and positioning, I am able to sculpt the face with light and shape so people like Nathan look their best.
I’m also able to keep the background blurred which brings more focus to Nathan. That’s pretty cool.
For most headshot sessions, we spend up to an hour shooting. We don’t need the whole hour usually. However, part of that time is spent chit chatting during the photo shoot. I find that it helps calm the subject so they look more natural before the camera. Apparently a lot of people hate being in front of the camera. I’m pretty easy to work with and hope to make it a fun time as we shoot.
We also photographed about an hour before sunset so we get some amazing natural light in addition to my own lighting. Blending the two is important.